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The first and only official timing partner of the Olympics, as well as dominators of the 19th Century chronometer trials, Omega have a history that is rich and deep rooted in the avenue of time keeping. Their quest to excel made their Speedmaster the first watch on the moon.

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The History of Omega Watches

Omega watches were the first to be chosen by NASA to be flight-qualified for space missions, and as such Omega is a brand with a proud heritage. But Omega watches are much more than just a one-trick pony - they are lifetime's worth of innovation and evolution, and are just as impressive and beautiful now as when they first came to be.

In 1848, at the tender age of 23, Louis Brandt began Omega by assembling pocket watches from component parts in his workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Omega grew, and by the time of Brandt's death in 1879, it had become very successful at mass-producing pocket watches.

His two sons Louis-Paul and Cesar took over Omega, and identified a need to manufacture components in house. Slow deliveries of poor quality parts were causing delays in production of Omega watches, and so the change was made. Omega took mass produced watches to a whole new level of precision and quality - by 1885, Omega had begun to produce the world's first mass-produced movement. The time-consuming process of making Omega watches by hand, one at a time, was no more.

The process was steadily refined by Omega, including the introduction of automated manufacturing methods normally seen elsewhere. Developing each Omega movement such that it had interchangeable pattern parts increased construction speed and reduced cost of Omega watches, without the sacrifice of quality. The development didn't stop there - in 1999, Omega introduced the coaxial movement, an invention considered to be the biggest advancement since the introduction of the lever escapement.

Omega had cemented its reputation firmly in the ground, and the demand for quality timing equipment extended beyond personal Omega watches. Omega's innovative ethos and attention to detail earned them the responsibility for the timekeeping during the famous international ballooning race, the Gordon-Bennett cup. In 1932, Omega became the first official Olympic timekeeper, responsible for supplying and operating the thirty Omega watches needed to time all the events at the Los Angeles games. Omega is still the official Olympic timekeeper to this day.

With ever-changing requirements and a desire to innovate, Omega has pioneered various ideas and technologies to broaden the usability of Omega watches. From motorcycle-mountable Omega watches to Omega watches with raised markers on the dial for use by the blind, Omega never settles for the ordinary. Patenting the first mobile photoelectric cell, or developing the first photofinish camera are fine examples of the Omega pursuit of excellence. Even the familiar sight of an athlete's time superimposed onto the television screen was a development of technology that Omega introduced, aptly named, the 'Omegascope.' The introduction of electronic timing, touchpad technology to time swimmers - again, Omega.

Through this quest to develop and innovate, Omega has always stood true to its heritage, producing elegant and high quality watches with efficient and precise manufacturing methods. Omega watches can be worn in the bitterest cold, and down to the murkiest depths, and are just as at home on the wrist at a black-tie event. The famous horse shoe-shaped Omega logo continues to represent quality, earned over the course of more than 160 years of Omega watches.

And if that wasn't enough - the Omega Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon.

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